22 Sep 2011 - 23 Jun 2012

Hare and Tortoise

by Brendan Murray

The Hare and Tortoise in the greatest race on earth with a nail-biting, seconds-ticking, medal winning-end…

Stopwatch is set; we hear the ‘tick, tick, tick’
Ready?  Steady?
Geared up, raring to go, Hare is in training at the starting line, alert… waiting…

Who is the fastest, the best? 

Old clock chimes; we hear ‘the tick and the tock’
Slowly does it, taking it easy,
Tortoise is planning winter hibernation, poised with pen and paper, pondering… resting zzzz

Steady as you go, steady as you go… 

Meet two competing friends in this new fantastic adaptation of Aesop’s fable; a story about racing, opposites, time and friendship.  From sun-shining spring to snow-falling winter, Tutti Frutti brings you this much loved story brimming with ideas, characters, live music and wonderful physicality.

‘The real pleasure here is the touchingly drawn friendship between Barnaby Southgate’s gangly, over excitable Hare and Luisa Guerreiro’s careful and methodical Tortoise’
– The Guardian

‘Hare and Tortoise captivates immediately and draws children and their families into a beautiful world’
– The Stage

‘Hare and Tortoise, is another fine show to introduce young children to an exciting theatrical world’
– British Theatre Guide

Creative Team

Brendan Murray

In 2001 Brendan won The Brian Way Award and in 2009 The Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play: Children & Young People. He was the Visiting Gulbenkian Fellow at King's College Hospital (2002-03) and artistic director of Oxfordshire (Touring) Theatre Company from 2003 to 2008.

Wendy Harris

Artistic Director, Chair of PYA England

Wendy has held the position of artistic director at Tutti Frutti since 2005, touring nationally and internationally, co-producing the Little Feet Festival of Children’s Theatre, and leading on the development programmes and arts engagement work.

Catherine Chapman

Catherine is a theatre designer and loves her role of creating magical places for stories to be told. Catherine was born in North Yorkshire and often returns to the area to work at York Theatre Royal and Stephen Joseph Theatre, and has previously worked with Tutti Frutti.

Dominic Sales


Dom loves writing music, playing music, recording music and listening to music. He has written music for lots of different people, from Atomic Kitten to Opera North and the BBC to a feature film starring John Rhys-Davies. Dom is director/producer for the record label Jellymould Jazz and also plays the triangle.

Touring Team

Luisa Guerreiro

Luisa Guerreiro trained at Royal Holloway, University of London and Central School of Speech and Drama. Film and television credits include: Magnesium (Wyld Stallyons Productions), Dr Seuss’ The Cat the Hat (The National Theatre – DVD Release 2011), The Journey (Independent Drama Ltd) and work with Ragdoll Productions.

Barnaby Southgate

Barnaby first started tinkling around on the piano when he was 7 and then went on to study acting at The Oxford School of Drama before training as an actor musician at Rose Bruford College.

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